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Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

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MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randomly assigned to a control group that lost no weight, a group that lost a little weight, or a group that lost more than 10 percent of their body weight. Four years of follow-up showed significant weight loss protected against cartilage degeneration and that larger amounts of weight loss provided more protection, according to the study to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Hand Arthritis

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by

-- Hand arthritis symptoms may be mild at first, but they can become more severe and make it difficult to grasp ordinary objects. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these typical symptoms: Pain that may feel burning or dull, and worsen after using the hand. Pain tends to ease with rest, and often is worse in the morning. Swelling or warmth of the joints. A grinding sensation in the joints. A feeling that the joints are looser than usual. Formation of cysts on the joints. Read more

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Knee Arthritis: Steroid Shots May Not Help Long-Term, Ozone Injections Promising

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Millions of aging Americans are plagued by arthritic knees, and two new studies offer insight into what might – or might not – help curb the condition. Both studies were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in San Francisco. One study found that a popular therapy, steroid drug injections, do nothing to slow progression of osteoarthritis in the knee. This type of treatment is common, but has never been specifically tested, and there are concerns about its safety, according to a team led by Dr. Tim McAlindon, chief of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. His team tracked outcomes for 140 people – mainly overweight white women – with knee arthritis who averaged 58 years of age. The patients received either injections of the steroid triamcinolone hexacetonide, or placebo injections of saline, every three months ... Read more

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FDA Approves Vivlodex (meloxicam) for Osteoarthritis Pain

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by

PHILADELPHIA, October 23, 2015 — Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vivlodex (meloxicam) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for the management of osteoarthritis pain in 5 mg and 10 mg doses administered once daily.1 Vivlodex is the first FDA-approved low dose SoluMatrix® meloxicam. This marks an important milestone for the 27 million Americans who live with osteoarthritis.2 Vivlodex was developed to align with recommendations from FDA and many professional medical organizations that NSAIDs be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible duration.3-8 The serious cardiovascular and gastrointestinal adverse events associated with NSAIDs are dose related and risk may occur early in tr ... Read more

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Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests. Researchers applied heat to the skin of 17 people with arthritis and nine people without the disease, and found that the more opiate receptors in the brain, the higher a person's ability to withstand pain. Opiate receptors are proteins in the brain that link up with narcotic painkillers and help reduce feelings of pain. PET scans also showed the arthritis patients had more opiate receptors, which seems to be an adaptive response to help them cope with their chronic pain, said Christopher Brown and colleagues at the University of Manchester in England. "As far as we are aware, this is the first time that these changes have been associated with increased resilience to pain and shown to be adaptive," Brown said in a university news release. The study doesn't prove, however, ... Read more

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Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – Total knee replacement usually results in greater pain relief and better joint function after a year than nonsurgical arthritis treatment, researchers report. But baby boomers shouldn't automatically rule out physical therapy for moderate to severe knee arthritis, the authors of the new study said. "There are nearly 700,000 knee replacements done in the United States each year, but evidence of their benefit has been lacking," said lead author Soren Thorgaard Skou, a researcher in the musculoskeletal function and physiotherapy unit at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. By 2010, knee replacement had become the leading inpatient surgery performed on adults 45 and over in the United States, according to data from the U.S. National Hospital Discharge Survey. Average age of the recipients was 66. For the study, Skou's team randomly assigned 100 patients ... Read more

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Tai Chi Might Help People With Long-Term Health Conditions

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – The slow, fluid movements of tai chi – an ancient Chinese exercise – appear to help older adults with chronic conditions improve their physical function, a new review suggests. Specifically, those with breast cancer, heart failure, osteoarthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, which includes emphysema) saw improvements in strength, balance and posture without worsening pain or being out of breath, researchers said. "If you're older and have one of the conditions mentioned in the study, tai chi may be an alternative you can use to increase your fitness level," said senior researcher Darlene Reid, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in Canada. Tai chi is a series of gentle, flowing movements that aim to improve muscle power, balance, posture and flexibility, she said. In addition, tai chi has ... Read more

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Health Tip: Smoking Can Lead to Bone Injury

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

-- Most people know that smoking is bad for your lungs and heart, but experts say it also may take a toll on your bones and muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says smoking: Raises the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Makes your bones and muscles more vulnerable to injury and disease. Increases healing time from fractures. Increases the risk of complications after surgery. May increase the risk of bone fractures. Read more

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Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. That's because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said. More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may lead to broken sleep and frequent shifts between sleep stages. Previous studies have suggested that disrupted sleep can help predict the severity of pain, the scientists explained. The team of researchers, from the University of Alabama and the University of Florida, were led by Megan Petrov, an assistant professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix. The team investigated whether or not poor-quality sleep was linked to greater sensitivity and reduced tolerance for pain among those with chronic pain. In conducting the study, the researchers examined ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

-- Arthritis in the joints of the hands can be painful and make many daily tasks difficult. The American Academy of Orthopaedics says symptoms may include: Joint pain ranging from dull to burning. Pain tends to be worse after hand and finger use, and in the morning. Swelling of the joints. Sensations of grating, grinding or looseness of hand joints. Development of cysts on the hands and fingers. Read more

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More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults Now Overweight or Obese: Study

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Fewer than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight, with the rest of the population either overweight or obese, a new report finds. About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said in the June 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. "Obesity is not getting better. It's getting worse, and it's really scary. It's not looking pretty," said Lin Yang, a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Obesity has been linked to a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and arthritis, Yang said. "This generation of Americans is the first that will have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation, and obesity is one of the biggest contributors to this ... Read more

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Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 – Having arthritis and other chronic health conditions can often harm a person's social life and ability to work, a new study finds. About one in seven American adults has arthritis and at least one other chronic health problem, according to the study authors. The researchers found that having a number of chronic health conditions was linked to work disability, significant mental distress, and limitations on social activities. The negative effects were even greater if one of the chronic conditions was arthritis. Among adults with one chronic condition, those with arthritis were much more likely than those without arthritis to have work disability (16 percent versus 9 percent), according to Jin Qin and colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Social activities were also more difficult for people with arthritis, the findings showed. Nearly ... Read more

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Health Tip: Common Causes of Foot Arthritis

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by

-- Your feet are a common destination for the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The American Podiatric Medical Association says common triggers of foot arthritis include: Having a foot injury, especially if the injury hasn't been treated properly. Developing a bacterial or viral infection that affects the joints, such as Lyme disease, staph infection, gonorrhea or pneumonia. Having an inflammatory bowel disease. Taking certain drugs. Having a family history of foot arthritis. Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Foot Care

Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – Painful knee arthritis is associated with an increased risk of premature death in women, a new study suggests. Women with osteoarthritis-related knee pain – the type associated with normal wear and tear – were nearly twice as likely to die early from any cause, and more than three times as likely to die from heart problems as those without knee pain from arthritis, the British researchers found. "These findings suggest that any self-reported knee pain in osteoarthritis, as opposed to hand pain, seems to be a crucial factor leading to early cardiovascular mortality and is likely to be linked with decreased mobility," said lead author Dr. Stefan Kluzek of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis at the University of Oxford. There was no increased risk of early death among women with osteoarthritis pain in the hands. ... Read more

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More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis – a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replacement surgery nearly doubled among Americans ages 45 to 64. By 2011, those middle-aged patients accounted for over 42 percent of all hip replacements nationally – up from 34 percent in 2002. It's a striking change in a fairly short amount of time, according to lead researcher Dr. Alexander McLawhorn, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "I think we were a bit surprised by the magnitude of the increase," said McLawhorn. However, he noted, the findings are consistent with government figures released just last month. That study found that the number of hip replacements nationwide ... Read more

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